Former NBA player Lamar Odom said to awaken from coma, breathing on his own

LOS ANGELES - Lamar Odom has reportedly awoken from his coma and is now breathing on his own, E!...

Basketball player Lamar Odom speaks at a news conference announcing his acquisition by the Los Angeles Clippers in Los Angeles, California in this July 2, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/Files

LOS ANGELES - Lamar Odom has reportedly awoken from his coma and is now breathing on his own, E! News reports.

The former NBA player and reality star remains in critical condition, but is said to finally be communicating. He was hospitalized and put on life support on Tuesday following a drug overdose at a brothel in Nevada -- 90 minutes northwest of Las Vegas.

"Hey, baby," Odom allegedly told estranged wife Khloe Kardashian on Friday before going back to sleep, E! News reports.

Odom is no longer dependent on a breathing tube, according to ESPN and is wearing a breathing mask instead.

Earlier: Kardashians pause social media postings during Odom's struggle for life


Odom's condition has improved slightly over the past 36 hours as doctors work to make sure his organs function properly. His heart, kidneys and lungs were all failing just a few days ago after Odom suffered from multiple strokes.

Kardashian has been by Odom's bedside since Tuesday night. Her mom Kris Jenner and several of her sisters, including Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian and Kylie Jenner, visited him as well. Odom's father, his two children and their mother have flown in to be by him as well.

Odom's former Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and the Rev. Jesse Jackson visited him, too.

Staff at the Love Ranch South immediately called 911 after finding Odom unconscious on Tuesday. In a press conference on Wednesday, the Nye Country Sheriff's Office confirmed that Odom had used cocaine, along with "10 tabs of sexual performances enhancers." Authorities said blood, along with a white substance, was gushing out of his mouth and nose.

Odom was an NBA power forward for 14 seasons, including seven with the Los Angeles Lakers and five with the Los Angeles Clippers. He was released from the NBA in 2013.

In addition to "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," he also starred in the E! spinoff "Khloe & Lamar."

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